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Creating an erotic masterpiece can be murder.
Julian Jons is a talented but troubled young artist. He has just been released from an asylum, where... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Brent David Fraser ... Julian Jons

Finola Hughes ... Jennifer Cole

Glenn Shadix ... Leon Bennini

Moon Unit Zappa ... Carrie

Patrick Richwood ... John Barnard
Tina Cote ... Anna / Kristi

Patrick Bauchau ... Sherman McPhee

Seymour Cassel ... Samuel Rourke
D.J. Harder ... Pascal
Gina Mari ... Naomi
Henry Harris ... Detective
G-Jo Reed ... Police Officer
Laura Zuckerman ... Office Worker #1
Jennifer Chahinian ... Officer Worker #2
Stacy Mosso ... Bennini's Girlfriend #1
Alisa McCarter ... Bennini's Girlfriend #2
Katja Raijonen ... Bennini's Girlfriend #3
Georg Goetz-Schmerschneide ... German Art Buyer
Richard Sheng ... Chinese Art Buyer
Andreas Hefti ... Swiss Architect
Roy Hackbush ... Cab Driver
Count Borgos ... Bar Patron
T. Midnight ... Bar Patron
Bill Olofsson ... Bar Patron
Paul Reed ... Bar Patron
Brit James ... Bar Patron

Directed by
Phedon Papamichael 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frederick Stroppel  (as Frederick J. Stroppel)

Produced by
Lucas E. Devenn .... executive producer
Ray Haboush .... producer
Richard Sheng .... executive producer
Original Music by
Brent David Fraser 
Tom Hiel 
Cinematography by
Phedon Papamichael 
Film Editing by
Briton J. Petrucelly  (as Britton Petrucelly)
Casting by
Cathy Henderson  (as Kathy Henderson Blake)
Tom McSweeney 
Production Design by
Jon Gary Steele 
Costume Design by
Julie Rae Engelsman 
Makeup Department
Corey Jeen .... assistant makeup artist
Jennifer Mann .... assistant makeup artist
Isabella Rosenkrantz .... key hair stylist
Isabella Rosenkrantz .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Ed Cathell III .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dwayne L. Shattuck .... first assistant director
Paula Nederman .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ron Greenwood .... property master
Ramsey Metcalf .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Robert D. Berg .... dialog editor (as Robert Berg)
John Bouman .... boom operator
Andrew DeCristofaro .... dialog editor
Greg Gambina .... boom operator (as Gregory F. Gambina)
Stanley Kastner .... sound re-recording mixer (as Stan Kastner)
Leonard Marcel .... sound designer
Matt McChristy .... sound editor
Steven A. Saltzman .... sound editor (as Steve Saltzman)
David Waelder .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Henry Coccetti .... best boy electric
Gary Dahlquist .... best boy electric
Warren Eig .... grip
Christopher Faloona .... gaffer (as Chris Faloona)
Christopher Faloona .... lighting director (as Chris Faloona)
Roman Jakobi .... electrician
Joachim Jung .... electrician
Andrea Kampic .... still photographer
Aaron Kirsch .... clapper loader
Alexandra Kravetz .... second assistant camera
Manuel Luben .... grip
Matt Mania .... key grip
Kuniyo Matsumoto .... electrician
Jeff Porter .... first assistant camera
Jamie Ronnei .... grip
Robert Sanderson .... dolly grip
David Winner .... best boy grip
Casting Department
Gina Caccavari .... casting assistant
Fred Mata .... casting assistant
Nina Pratt .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sherrie Ann Kasner .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Walt Fellows .... assistant editor
Music Department
Gerald Brunskill .... composer: additional music
Lee Scott .... music editor
Leonard Marcel .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Justin Barry .... production assistant
Michael Bloom .... production assistant
Sue Doell .... production assistant
D.J. Harder .... assistant to director
Susan Jasionowski .... production assistant
Eva Miskinyar .... assistant to producer
Sarah Moore .... key set production assistant
Sinne Mutsaers .... production assistant
Kristine Pham .... assistant to producer
Andrea Salkin .... production assistant
Daniel Stewart .... production assistant

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Author: rsoonsa ( from Mountain Mesa, California

Style and substance, components that are included to some degree within films of either aesthetic or artistic sensibility, are seldom present to the same extent, and that is the case in this U.S./Australian production, with style happily the most pronounced. Director/cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, a master craftsman of cinematic style thanks to his canny use of light, shadow and colour in relation to his cast, maintains visual emotion throughout this work even when the substance, the story itself, wallows a bit. The sound designer, Leonard Marcel, adds to the successful development of the piece, and although there is perhaps some mixing misfortune, scoring and arranging by Tom Hiel, use of a portion of Mozart's Requiem, K. 626, and songs composed and sung by the male lead, Brent Fraser, make for a convincing counterpart to Papamichael's visual artistry. Footage is in the artist's loft district of downtown Los Angeles, the scenario telling of a reporter (Finola Hughes) for a weekly publication of the arts who has discovered a possible major story: an artist (Fraser) who had murdered his model seven years past, now freshly released from his asylum internment, is creating paintings for a forthcoming gallery exhibition, for which the gallery owner (Glenn Shadix), of a practical leaning, finds the resultant gossip of probable fiscal value. After tracing down the reclusive painter, Julian Jons, the journalist, Jennifer Cole, becomes physically attracted to him, becoming his lover, but when a moneyed patron commissions Jons to paint a friend who remarkably resembles his slain model, the painter suffers from flashbacks that suggest there may soon be another victim. The acting is of a quality indicating preparation, with both Hughes and Fraser neatly flanking most cliches in their roles, while good turns are on display from the always competent Shadix, Moon Zappa as Jennifer's roommate, and by Patrick Bauchet in a too brief appearance as Jennifer's editor. Direction by Papamichael is creative, with the players permitted to complete their characterizations in this sadly undervalued film that includes a scene of eroticism that is delightfully unique in its crowded canon.

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